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Truth and Reconciliation event in Swift Current, June 5, 2018

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The Southwest Multicultural Association partnered with various organizations to host the 2nd annual Truth and Reconciliation event in Swift Current, June 5. The goal of last year’s event was to raise awareness about the impact of residential schools. This year the focus was on the impact of the Sixties Scoop on the indigenous family structure and on Canadian society, and on the need for families to heal from the trauma of the past. Sixties Scoop survivor Vince Vandale made a presentation at the event in the Great Plains College gymnasium, which was attended by 185 Grade 12 students from Chinook School Division as well as college students and members of the public. The event concluded with a walk to Market Square, where Grade 12 students read out call to action items on families from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report. There was also an evening program at the Swift Current Branch Library with a presentation by Leticia Racine, a member of the Sixties Scoop Committee and a scoop survivor. Next year’s event will focus on missing and murdered indigenous women.


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Matthew Liebenberg